- Type: Nature & Wildlife
NileGuide Expert tip:
Get to the park as early as you can. Once the park fills up (usually by 10am) they won't let anyone else in. Also, check the website ahead of time to see how many manatees have been spotted that day.
- Blue Spring State Park offers two separate picnic areas throughout the park. There are covered pavilions with grills located at these areas for larger groups. One of these areas also has a large covered barbecue pit, and can be reserved, for a fee, from October through March. Contact the park office for details.
Blue Spring offers swimming and scuba diving in a crystal clear, 72-degree spring run. Swimming or diving with the manatees is NOT permitted.
The same pristine beauty enjoyed by Florida's earliest residents still can be seen today. A self-guided boardwalk guides visitors through a lush hammock to Blue Spring.
From the accessible fishing pier, anglers will find an abundance of bluegills and blue cats, in addition to largemouth bass, shellcrackers and speckled perch. A Florida freshwater fishing license is required for individuals age 16 years and older. A concession stand offers snacks, camping supplies and limited groceries. Canoe rentals are available.
Blue Spring State Park offers scuba diving, camping, picnicking, swimming and canoeing in Big Spring Run, and boating and fishing on the St. Johns River. Viewing the endangered manatees is a favorite winter attraction.
Blue Spring State Park is located in central Florida, two miles west of Orange City on French Avenue and north of Orlando. Directions: Take exit 114 off Interstate 4 and follow the signs. Go south on 17/92 to Orange City, about 2.5 miles. Make a right onto West French Avenue.
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